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Knee conditions

Expert care for knee pain and injuries

When our knees are feeling good, we hardly think about them. But when they hurt, we become incredibly aware just how much we use them throughout the day. Knee pain can come on suddenly from an injury or slowly with daily wear and tear. No matter the cause, you want an expert orthopedic team who can help you move comfortably again as quickly as possible.

The team at TRIA is at the forefront of orthobiologics, the latest surgical techniques and orthopedic research. We provide world class care for all knee conditions, including knee ligament tears, runner’s knee and arthritis. Our knee specialists will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. With comprehensive nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for knee pain, we’re here to help you move with confidence again.

"I am so grateful that [your team was] able to fix my knee, I would have no chance to run around with my daughter and wife without their care and expertise. Thank you!!!!!!!"

What we treat
  • IT band syndrome
  • Knee bone spurs
  • Knee dislocations
  • Knee overuse injuries
  • Knee sprains and strains
  • Knee stress fractures
  • Knee tendon tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee)
  • Patellar tracking disorders
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner’s knee)
  • Quadriceps tendon ruptures
Starting treatment for knee pain

We recommend talking with a doctor about your knee pain as soon as you notice it’s affecting your daily life. The earlier you get help for your knee condition, the easier it is to treat.

Our knee patients usually have their first appointment with one of our doctors or clinicians. We’re trained to know when surgery is needed to manage knee pain and when nonsurgical treatment options might be a more effective course of treatment. We’ll only guide you toward surgery when it is the best option for you.

During your appointment, we’ll talk with you about your symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. We’ll get an understanding of your overall health so we can manage any factors that might be making your knee pain worse. After your examination, we’ll start you on your treatment plan, and our team of physical therapists, sports medicine doctors, physician assistants and other knee specialists will help you recover.

Treating knee pain

We create personalized treatment plans for all our patients. Depending on your unique needs, we might recommend one or more of the following treatments for your knees:

Nonsurgical treatments for knee conditions

In many cases, knee pain can be managed with nonsurgical treatments. Some common nonsurgical knee pain treatments include:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is a type of treatment that uses targeted exercises, manual therapy and education to strengthen the muscles supporting your knee and improve knee function. During your appointment, one of our physical therapists will guide you through a personalized exercise program. In most cases, we’ll also give you exercises to do at home so you can build your strength and mobility between appointments.

We have a number of specialized physical therapy programs that can help knee pain, including the TRIA L.E.A.P® Program, Patellofemoral Program, Running Program, Cycling Program, Women’s Sports Medicine Program and Return to Soccer Program.

Cortisone injections

Injuries and illnesses can cause inflammation of the knee and surrounding areas. Swelling caused by inflammation can press on nerve endings in the tissue, causing pain. Cortisone is a steroid that can help to reduce inflammation and pressure that’s causing knee pain. We’ll administer cortisone injections in or near the knee to provide short-term pain relief when other anti-inflammatory medicines aren’t effective.

Hyaluronic acid injections

Your body naturally makes hyaluronic acid to lubricate your joints. Hyaluronic acid is a fluid that protects your knees from the bumps and jostles we naturally experience while moving. Hyaluronic acid injections can boost your body’s natural supply and provide pain relief for up to six months – they are typically administered multiple times over a few weeks to provide the maximum benefit.

Orthobiologics

TRIA is at the forefront of orthobiologics and is a leader in the research, education and use of this new treatment option. Orthobiologics is an emerging field that uses substances naturally found in the body to restore your body’s function. Orthobiologic treatments can be used as an alternative to or in addition to knee surgery.

We can treat a variety of knee conditions with orthobiologics, including arthritis, ligament injuries and overuse injuries. If you’re a good candidate for this treatment option, we’ll give you an injection in or near the damaged part of your knee to reduce inflammation, promote the growth of healthy tissue and accelerate healing.

Surgical treatments for knee conditions

At TRIA, we’ll never guide you toward surgery unless it’s the most effective treatment for you. When surgery is the best treatment option for your knee condition, we’ll answer all your questions so you’ll feel prepared for the surgery and recovery. Common types of knee surgeries we perform include:

Knee arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where we use an arthroscope, a small tube with a camera on the end, to guide us as we remove damaged tissue. The arthroscope helps us make the smallest incisions possible, cutting down on your recovery time. This surgery is often used to treat a torn meniscus, remove loose cartilage or bone fragments, and treat infections of the knee.

Knee replacement surgery

When the cartilage that covers and cushions your knee is damaged, your knee can become stiff and painful to move. Replacing your knee with an artificial joint can improve knee function, reduce stiffness and ease your pain.

There are two types of knee replacement surgery, partial knee replacement and total knee replacement. The difference between them is simple. In a partial knee replacement, only part of the knee is replaced with an artificial one. This is used when the ligaments around the knee are healthy or when the damaged part of the knee is only in one area. Total knee replacement is just as it sounds, the entire knee is replaced. It’s common to have one or both knees replaced.

One type of innovative new technique is a robotic-assisted total knee replacement. ROSA® or the robotic surgical assistant, allows for more precise, personalized surgeries. A good implant fit is key to a full and comfortable recovery. Using information gathered before and during the surgery, ROSA uses the details of your own anatomy to ensure a more exact implant fit.

ROSA gives your surgeon the real-time information they need to plan and carry out a total knee replacement based on your individual needs.

When you have a knee replacement at TRIA, you’ll have the option to recover at home. In fact, the majority of our patients are able to go home the same day as their surgery and find this the most comfortable recovery option. When recovering at home isn’t the best choice for you, you have the option to stay at a hotel as part of our Hotel Recovery Program. This can be a more affordable and comfortable recovery experience for our patients.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

The only way to know if you need knee surgery is to talk to a doctor. We’ll talk with you about your symptoms, perform tests and work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. In most cases, there are nonsurgical treatments that we may recommend as a first course of action. If surgery would help your pain, we’ll talk with you about what to expect and answer all your questions.

If your knees are making it difficult for you to do everyday tasks or keeping you from doing activities you love, it’s time to visit a doctor. The earlier you get help for a knee condition, the easier it will be to heal.

We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, PreferredOne and many others.

You can check with your insurance to see if your plan covers part or all of the services needed. Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.

Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are member services numbers to help you get started: